MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Jackie Oís 2/5 release. Shimmering red-nut brown, still wispy pollack-like cream head. A very strong caramel with light bitter dryness from oak, slightest oxidation, bit of tea leaves, odd rice scent. Flavor is more caramel, sugars, tea, light oxidation in cardboard, very sweet but a bit of heat to balance. Kuhnhenn heat compliments here, nice sugary fruit offset by the warmth from barrels, though result is very heavy bourbon in finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oak Stout Fest. Murky brown, no head. Aroma is a tad muted, but bourbon, vanilla, caramel are there. Flavor on par, bourbon, caramel, oak, light alcohol. Syruppy sweet mouthfeel and palate.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma- wood, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, alcohol, cherry, fig, dark bread, burnt sugar, spice. pours dark brown. taste is toffee, chocolate, nuts, caramel, vanilla, wood, whiskey, fig, ciabatta bread. palate is velvet, full bodied, with some carbonation.
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2011 2010 bottle thanks to Sean. Is this really an ole ale?? Iím kinda thinkiní barley wine.. Pour is a viscous almost watery butt mud brown. The nose is chocked full of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and sweet carmel malt. The taste follows suit with pleasant dark fruit flavors mixed in. This version is 13.5%, achie machie......
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 Barrell aged. Thanks to bulldogp04. Dark brown pour with a thin wispy head that went away quickly. Dark fruits, figs, woody. Taste is woody, fruity, sweet. Very tasty. Low carbonation. My first beer by this company- a great introduction. This is one of those beers that you sniff the aroma between each taste, The alcohol came out at the end.
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
í10 bottle from Sean - many thanks! Black and viscous pour with an initially healthy tan head fading out to a slight foam ring hugging the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon, minor coconut, heavy spice/date, wet booze, raisin/date, marshmallow, and sweet caramel/malt. Reminds me of a slightly rough AS Grand Cru. Smidge hot but otherwise extremely well integrated aroma. Oh shit - decadent bourbon, coconut, dense sweet malt, raisin, and tingling alcohol in the taste. Devastating. Insanely well integrated flavors despite the high ABV. I am humbled.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 2010 vintage. Dark, thick and oily maroon/brown pour. Short lived head that quickly dissipates. It looks virtually still save for a few bubbles struggling mightily to get to the top. Decadent and rich malt enhanced by plenty of barrel tones on the nose. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, marzipan, creme brulee, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak, coconut, melted dark chocolate. Spicy alcohol, but does not distract. Flavor isnít quite as sweet as the nose lead me to believe. Moderate sweetness, little to no bitterness. Some English toffee, red wine grapes (?), vanilla, and oak... lots and lots of oak. The wood becomes quite drying on the back sides of the tongue near the finish. Thereís a slight saltiness that I canít quite put my finger on; salted peanuts or peanut butter perhaps? An absolute malt and barrel bomb on the tongue for sure. Full bodied with an oily texture that (thankfully) never becomes cloying. Soft carbonation leading to a slightly boozy, but mostly dry (oak, oak oak!) finish. These bourbon bombs usually arenít my thing, but this is a fine example for sure. Thanks for the treat Shane!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from my favorite MI trader.
Pours a murky chestnut brown with a small beige head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing, just some boozy legs clinging to the side.
Aroma is massive and spectacular. Where to begin - sweet caramel malts, vanilla, coconut, toffee, tobacco, leather and sugar-coated dark fruits. Let alone the bourbon and oak which integrate into the rest. Whoa.
Taste is just as impressive with an initial sweetness from coconut, caramel malts and dark fruits - raisins and figs. There is also an underlying earthy leather character. The finish is just decadent with toffee, vanilla and a nice bourbon burn with spicy oak thrown in.
The mouthfeel is smooth and dessert-like, thick and sweet with minimal carbonation but plenty for the style.
This is an exceptional beer, decadent, complex and wonderfully balanced for such a massive beer. One of the best beers Iíve had in recent memory...possibly ever.
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Dark amber beer out of the keg with a foamy tan head. Big buttery bourbon barrel nose with alcohol and raisins. This is a big old ale with lots of oaky bourbon, caramel, rum cake, vanilla and sherry. Smooth mouthfeel but tingely too. Alcohol burn in finish. Big bourbony alcoholic beer.
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: The aroma is a great combination caramel, toffee, banana bread, vanilla, and oak. Itís a dark orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of caramel and toffee. The finish has vanilla, bourbon, light molasses, faint oak, and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel.